‘BIG spend, BIG deficit, BIG tax, HUGE immigration’ Farage on why Tories may as well be Labour

‘BIG spend, BIG deficit, BIG tax, HUGE immigration’ Farage on why Tories may as well be Labour

Nigel Farage said the Tories are 'big spend, big defecit and huge immigration'

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Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 03/10/2023

- 10:10

Farage said the Tories have a 'broad acceptance that they can't win the next election'

Nigel Farage has hit out at the Conservative Party, claiming the party is "split in so many different ways" on issues such as Brexit, HS2 and immigration but ultimately is no different to Labour.

Speaking from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the GB News presenter and former leader of the Brexit Party attended the event for the first time in 36 years, criticising the party's chances at the next general election.

Nigel joked that it was the "first time he's been inside the security barrier at a Conservative Party Conference since the 1980s."

He added that what he has seen from the conference so far, which began on Sunday 1 October, has been "interesting".

Nigel Farage presents on GB News

Nigel Farage criticised the Conservatives at their Party Conference in Manchester

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Nigel said of the conference: "First thing to say, and it's a really positive thing, is the number of young people here has been literally astonishing.

"We're told that young people aren't interested in conservative politics. They're switched off from the whole thing. This place was absolutely heaving with them today.

"What I've also seen is a party split in so many different ways, there isn't really time to talk about it. They're split still on Brexit. Many of them appear to be embarrassed about the whole thing. They didn't even want to talk about immigration, legal immigration, which I think is the elephant in the room at this conference.

"Goodness only knows where they stand on the HS2 extension. I go on to net zero policies and much else. I went to the Conservative Democratic Organisation dinner last night. It was pretty much open rebellion there."

Nigel then reacted to former Prime Minister Liz Truss making a speech at the Great British Growth fringe event, also in Manchester, where Truss called on the Government to "axe the tax, cut bills and build houses".

Truss also added: "There is no reason we cannot go into the next election with a platform that is proudly Conservative. Let’s stop taxing and banning things, and start producing and building things."

Nigel said: "That's where the buzz was. That's where the energy was. That's where they were queuing for simply ages to get into the room. And not all of them did.

"What is interesting is this. What I saw today was not the usual battle of personalities for who's trying to get to the top and who may lead the party after the next election. What I saw today was a battle of ideas."

Liz Truss gives a speech at the Great British Growth rally in Manchester

Former Prime Minister Liz Truss called on Government to 'cut taxes' at a rally event in Manchester


Nigel then shared his thoughts on the Conservative Party's success at the conference, and their chances at the next general election.

Nigel said: "I think there is a pretty broad acceptance, realistic acceptance, they can't win the next election.

"What is going on now is a battle for what the Conservative Party is going to be after the next election.

"To my mind that's very necessary because I see the modern day Conservative Party and Labour Party, frankly, as two forms of social democracy. Big government, big spend, big tax, big deficit, huge immigration numbers and frankly not much to choose."

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